Walla Walla Valley Wine

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Walla Walla is a wine region within Columbia Valley that straddles both Oregon and Washington. Wine-making began in the mid-1800s, when an influx of pioneers, many of them Italian immigrants, who first settled in the area for the burgeoning fur trade and the Idaho gold rush. Though the commercial wine industry didn’t catch on in the region until the 1950s when the Pesciallo family established Blue Mountain Vineyards, the first in the region since the Prohibition. 

By the 1970s, wine-makers could see the potential for greatness thanks to climate conditions conducive to long growing seasons. The Cascade Mountain forms a natural rain shadow that protects the region, resulting in hot days and cool nights. There are a variety of terroirs extending through the region from the Blue Mountains downward. Glacial melt from the time of the Ice Age has left a deposit of rich, grape-friendly silt in much of the growing region. Walla Walla was granted AVA status in 1984. 
 
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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

Popular Wineries in Walla Walla Valley View all

  • Glen Fiona

    Established in 1994, Glen Fiona (Gaelic for "Valley of the Vine") was Walla Walla valley's firs...

  • Beresan Winery

    Located in the world-renowned Walla Walla Valley appellation, Beresan Winery takes pride in produ...

  • Covington Cellars

    Making small quantities of wine from the highest quality fruit is only half of our goal here at C...

  • Pepper Bridge Winery

    At Pepper Bridge, a family-owned estate winery, our mission is to make ultra-premium, world-class...

  • Fort Walla Walla Cellars

    Fort Walla Walla Cellars’ downtown tasting room is located at 127 E Main, on the corner of Main S...

  • Patit Creek Cellars

    Patit Creek Cellars was founded in 1999 and is considered a boutique winery at current production...

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  • Mackey Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2008

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    Wine review by 240070anchca 240070 anchca


  • Ed my daughter and I are leaving the 20th of Feb to visit the Oregon wine country. We plan on spending 4 days in The willmette valley then 4days in walla walla then 4 in Seattle . Will send a report as we go along. Read More

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  • Catching up...Good one Fox :-)  I do seem to stumble on to my fair share of discoveries!I like the Pinot from Ribon Ridge in Oregon too.  Vincent Wines makes a real nice one.  Sadly, he sold out of his latest vintage before I could purchase any.  Be sure to go to the SE Wine Collective if you get to Portland.  Vincent, Helioterra and Division Wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Seven Hills Winery Merlot Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 2009

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    Deep and earthy on the nose with rich carob, bitter cocoa and coriander notes framed in nougatty wood tones. The fruit is subtle, showing up with slightly herbal and dried black berry aromas. bright on entry, surprisingly so after the nose. This is vibrant and pure in the mouth with an odd early note of boiled peanuts that is followed by impress... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cougar Crest Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2007

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    The wine is a beautiful ruby color in the glass with great clarity. The nose is full of rich dark fruit, blackberries, plum and cherry over some rich leather and oak. The taste is a classic Walla Walla Syrah, with rich fruit up front, blackberry, ripe plum that transitions to some cherry cola, dark chocolate and mineral notes mid palate. The lon... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Nose: pepper, spice? Acidic, astringent, strawberry flavor, lingering finish. Meatball wine, very dry. [From "Cabernet Sauvignon" at Bin 105, Lincoln NE, 19 October 2013.] Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2009

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    [From "Merlot" at Bin 105, Lincoln NE, 24 August 2013.] Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P


  • Hence Cellars Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2008

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    Wine review by juliecorc


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc Columbia Valley Walla Voila 2011

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    Wine review by 240070anchca 240070 anchca


  • Zerba Cellars Wild Z Columbia Valley 2007

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    Wine review by Ashrack


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